OSHKOSH (WLUK) — A main attraction at this year’s EAA AirVenture landed in Oshkosh Wednesday.
The five Blue Angels planes made a brief appearance in the afternoon airshow as they arrived.
However, their big performance is not until this Friday’s afternoon airshow.
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On Wednesday, spectators watched the F/A 18 Hornets fly overhead to land at Wittman Regional Airport.
Afterward they landed, taxiing down the runway to park and refuel.
It was an exciting moment for viewers and the pilots themselves.
“That huge crowd and all those beautiful airplanes. It couldn’t be more special to be here. We’re thrilled,” said Commander Ryan Bernacchi.
This visit will be the Blues’ inaugural AirVenture performance.
Bernacchi leads the team. He told FOX 11 News this is a dream come true.
“I grew up flying with my dad who was a private pilot and so that’s where it all started for me,” Bernacchi told us.
From those humble beginnings Bernacchi watched the Blue Angels as a child and dreamed of one day flying with them.
“Never thought I’d be a Blue Angel, but it definitely made me wanna fly airplanes that say, “U.S. Navy on the side,'” he said.
And now that he does, Bernacchi knows how important team work truly is.
130 members of the Navy and Marine Corps make up the Blue Angels.
“The work that goes into making sure the airplanes fly andtaking care of the team, both the people and the jets, is a collective effort that makes that show happen,” Bernacchi explained.
The purpose of this team is to provide outreach.
“We’re representing those sailors and marines that are deployed all over the world right now,” Bernacchi told FOX 11.
During the Wednesday arrival at Wittman Airport, a group of people watched from the fence.
One mother told us, it was important to bring her children.
“I have these little people and it’s inspiring. It’s so cool to see the people that fight for our country and they’re right here in our city,” said Mandy Briggs.
“Keep your eye on the prize and work really, really hard. Don’t be afraid to fail. You’ll make lots of mistakes along the way and what’s really important about those is that you learn from them, you fix them,you get better and you keep on trying. And you don’t give up,” he advised, because you never know how high you can truly fly.
The first full performance for the Blue Angels is scheduled around 4 o’clock Friday afternoon.